Port Manatee, located at Palmetto, FL is starting a two-way service with Mexico that includes fresh fruits and vegetables. The Port of Coatzacoalcos in the southern part of Mexico is involved in the new service, which got underway several weeks ago.
The calls at the port are scheduled to be carried out by the continer ship Falmouth, which has a nominal capacity of 862 TEUs, or 20-foot equvilent container units and is equipped with 204 plugs to provide power to refrigerated containers. The service is being promoted as the quickest short sea connection from Mexico to the United States Southeast, Northeast and Mid-west.
“Port Manatee’s proximity to Mexico is ideal for this service, said Carlos Diaz, the line’s business director. “This new fast connection will offer reduced costs and enhanced delivery of fresher product to consumers east of the Mississippi.”
Port Manatee bills itself as the largest capacity port on Florida’s west coast. Institution of the service builds upon the port’s history of successfully handling refrigerated products and its cross Gulf proximity to Mexico.